Hedgesville in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Hedgesville Historic District National Register Site
Washington Heritage Trail
A natural limestone spring, which had been an Indian meeting place before the arrival of the European settlers, provided water for the entire village and reportedly has never been effected by draught. A law passed in the village's early days made it unlawful to "sit or loiter about the Town Spring drinking spirits." The little village was much crossed by invading armies of both the North and the South in the Civil War.
A mile east of the village the Battle of North Mountain was fought, it resulted in the capture of 1,500 Union soldiers who were marched into the south to prisoner of war camps.
The picturesque brick building is oldest Episcopal Church in the county, Mt. Zion Episcopal Church (1818) predates the establishment of the town, and replaced an even earlier meeting house where George Washington, while a young
Snodgrass Tavern, one of the oldest known buildings in West Virginia (1742) is located on the east side of Back Creek along the well used Warm Springs Road (WV9). In the early 1800s, Robert Snodgrass also operated a ferry over Back Creek. The tavern was apparently a common entertainment spot and in 1828 he was reprimanded by local Presbyterians for allowing dancing. A store was established at the tavern in 1832 and in 1847 the house ceased to operate as a tavern. Dr. Joseph E. Snodgrass (1813-1884) grew up at the Tavern and later moved to Baltimore where he was a Doctor and aspiring writer. He and Edgar Allen Poe became close friends and colleagues.
The tavern's most famous guest was George Washington. In 1769, while on his way to Warm Springs with his young stepdaughter, George Washington stopped at the inn and recorded in his diary: "...bated at one Snodgrasses and dined there, 7s, 6d. Lodgings cost 11d." A story was handed down in the Snodgrass family that a servant dropped Washington's trunk while carrying it across Back Creek soaking the fine clothes it contained. Washington, a fastidious man, refused to come
Location. 39° 33.259′ N, 77° 59.718′ W. Marker is in Hedgesville, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Bodine Street north of Hedgesville Road (West Virginia Route 9), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hedgesville WV 25427, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hedgesville (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of North Mountain Depot (approx. ¼ mile away); Camp Hopkins (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hammond House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Frederick (approx. 3.9 miles away in Maryland); Nathan Williams (approx. 3.9 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (approx. 3.9 miles away in Maryland); Fort Frederick Officers’ Quarters (approx. 3.9 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hedgesville.
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